Friday, 25 September 2009
Recent makes... !
Thanks so much for popping by. And for all your lovely comments on my last couple of posts. More about the above pic in a minute, but first I've got a few things to share...
First of all: coat hangers! I've wanted to make a padded coat hanger for ages, but just couldn't understand the instructions I found. They were too complicated, or depended on an odd shape being cut as a pattern. I simply couldn't get my head around them. I often have this problem with patterns, which is probably why I initially found sewing so scary. Anyway, I decided I was being a bit pathetic in not just trying... the more I do, the more confident I get at just doing my own thing and not worrying about following instructions (which often seem to miss a crucial bit out).
So, I got my tatty old wooden hanger and cut a bit of thick wadding...
I loosely stictched the wadding in place...
Then cut a rough shape around the hanger - I didn't cut a pattern... and sewed the ends and around the top.
I'm struggling now with getting a ribbon around the wire hanger... any tips gratefully received. Cos it just doesn't want to wrap and stay in place.
So, nearly finished my first ever padded coat hanger. Remember, you saw it here first! Finished picture to come next week, I hope.
Now, on the forum I visit there's a great thread on what makes us proud, started by the lovely MaryPoppins. I've really struggled with this one. I love what I make, and I'm getting more confident all the time, but I can't honestly say I'm proud of anything. Silly, really, huh! But it's got me thinking a lot. Because at first I really panicked... how could I not be proud of anything?
But then my 12 year old produced this for her science homework this morning, having spent a couple of weeks planning and cutting the bits out:
I wish my camera were better. It's an amazing model, and I'm blown away proud that I've produced and nurtured a child with such an original approach to life. The brief was to produced a model of a favourite predator, within its home environment, and what it likes to eat and how it eats. She was the only one to produce a setting for a human... the teacher asked where was the predator and she told him to look in the mirror! He did, and said 'me! That's good.' How cool, I thought! And how proud I am. Bursting in fact. So, I had to share.
I've also been busy making stock for restocking my blogshop, Sew Happy...
this time it's glasses cases. These have been great fun to make. Thank you to all who have ordered from my shop. I really do appreciate it.